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Meg and Jo

(The March Sisters #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  6,699 ratings  ·  1,102 reviews
The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.

The March sisters--reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth--have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crash
Paperback, 390 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Berkley Books
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Virginia UPDATE! Line edits are done. I'm so excited for this story, and I hope you all will like it, too.
Pub date: May 25, 2021.
I'll post a cover as soon as I…more
UPDATE! Line edits are done. I'm so excited for this story, and I hope you all will like it, too.
Pub date: May 25, 2021.
I'll post a cover as soon as I can.

I'm still writing Beth & Amy's story, but my publisher is hoping to get it out this year. I'll be sure to post as soon as we have a firm on sale date. Thanks for asking!
Virginia Hi, Hilary, (SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD! Except it's in the excerpt from Beth & Amy in the back of Meg and Jo, so it's not too big a surprise.)

Amy's chapter…more
Hi, Hilary, (SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD! Except it's in the excerpt from Beth & Amy in the back of Meg and Jo, so it's not too big a surprise.)

Amy's chapter begins, "It's always a mistake to sleep with a man who's in love with your sister. Even in Paris. Even if they'd broken up again--for good this time, he said. Even though I'd been in love with him since I was eleven years old."

So figuring out what she wants and can have (and come clean to her sisters) is a big part of her story.

Thanks for asking!


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Nilufer Ozmekik
Did somebody write the retelling of my all-time favorite book? Oh, yes, it is true. So what I’m waiting for to dive in! CHRISTMAS WON’T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT MARCH SISTERS!

That was the worst decision I’ve made to decide reading retelling of my all-time favorite story which means so much to me. It won’t be wrong if I admit I was raised by reading “Little Women” because first time I have gotten my hands on this precious, marvelous, heart-warming classic I was only 9! And of course I watched its
4 Stars for this Charming Contemporary Retelling of a Beloved Classic!

Virginia Kantra has reimagined Little Women and brought it to life with a modern day spin that I was so excited about as a fan of the original book. She found a way to remain true to the spirit of the classic revolving around family while making the characters modern and a bit more relatable to newer audiences. ⁣I mean Jo is a blogger - I loved that!!! ⁣

The traditional gender roles were still very much front & center and w
5 Brilliant Stars.

My Feel Good Book of the Year!

Growing up, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, was one of my favorite novels. I always imagined that I was Jo. Bookish, stubborn, smart, fiery Jo. Oh How I loved her!

As soon as I heard about “Meg and Jo” the contemporary retelling by Virginia Kantra, I knew that I had to read it. “Meg and Jo” is the story of the eldest March siblings, though Beth and Amy also appear. The story takes place in both North Carolina and New York City, in the 21st Cent
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Ooh la la! A contemporary retelling of Little Women, one of my favorite childhood classics, had me all in!

The March sisters we all know and love are here. Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth. Jo heads off to New York to study journalism, but her career takes a nosedive.

Meg is taking the “safe” route with the life she has always planned and dreamed of- as a wife and mother. She has it all, and she knows it, but somehow she still feels lacking?

Their mother falls ill and all the sisters return home to North Ca
Feb 26, 2020 marked it as dnfed  ·  review of another edition
Laurie (who goes by Trey in this book, like whyyyy??) owns a car dealership... and Jo is a food blogger in NYC. The audiobook also has them all speaking in strong Southern accents and relies heavily on Southern stereotypes and values... no thanks, I'll pass on this retelling and reread the original instead. ...more
4 stars


I saw a lot of mixed reviews about this book so I went into with lower expectations, but I really ended up loving it! Meg and Jo is a modern retelling of 'Little Women' and it's told from the perspective of (you guessed it...) Meg and Jo.

Jo is living in NYC and working in a kitchen and blogging as a food blogger. Writing is her passion, but being in a renowned kitchen makes her writing better. That is, until she falls for the chef she works for. Things get complicated from there...
Berit Talks Books
A delightful modern retelling of the beloved classic “Little Women”. Virginia Kantra Took on the tough task of taking this cherished classic and giving it a modern feel and I think she did a remarkable job of it. Admittedly I read LW over 35 years ago and if I’m being honest I’m not even certain I finished it. I think the fact I do not hold the original in high esteem really allowed me to appreciate this book on its own. Retellings can be tricky you have to honor the original while making the st ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Full disclosure, I read Little Women a very long time ago and honestly don't remember much about it, but that didn't stop me from loving Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra!

I listened to the majority of the book on audio and I really loved the narrators. I ended up listening at 1.75 speed which was apparently perfect, and their voices were still very understandable. The narrators were both amazing, but I especially love the voices Meg's narrator did for her twins. I would gladly listen
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 “inspired by a classic” stars

By the end, I was really enjoying this one! When I started it, I was struggling because I had just watched the new "Little Women" movie and I had that in my head for these characters. Once I got more into this storyline and the movie faded, I was able to enjoy this book.

Now the family farm is in in North Carolina and Jo is a food blogger living in New York City. She’s working in the kitchen at a restaurant. Meg has the life she’s always dreamed of with a husband an
♛ may
this book is like the HIGHEST of 2 stars for me like bordering on 3 stars but for some reason, i just can't give it that

i'm not a huge, superfan of Little Women but i adored the new movie and in the classic, i loved reading about the sweet precious relationships between the sisters (though i was very much disappointed with how jo's story ended)

so when i saw the audiobook for this available in my library i was like, modern take on little women........👀

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- the character profiles
A modern retelling of Little Women, MEG AND JO looks at the four March sisters in present day. We have Meg, a mom of twins, married to a man who works at a car dealership. Jo, an aspiring writer, who works in New York City at a restaurant and writes a food blog. Their sisters, Beth and Amy, flit in the background--Beth is pursuing her musical dreams and Amy is chasing fashion in Paris. But when the girls' stalwart mom gets sick, they must come home for the holidays to help at the family farm. Th ...more
So yes, as a modern 21st century retelling and reimagining of Louisa May Alcott's 1869/1870 classic Little Women, Virginia Kantra's Meg and Jo has been surprisingly good and for the most part a quite enjoyable reading experiences, with much that is to love and as such also featuring a story that is on the one hand truly contemporary in scope but on the other hand and for the most part absolutely and totally does manage to retain the spirit and the feel of Louisa May Alcott's original text (and e ...more
A retelling featuring the March sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The two older sisters, Meg and Jo, are the focus of this novel. Meg is living a picture perfect life as a stay-at-home mother. Jo is living in New York working as a cook and food blogger. When their mother gets ill, the sisters step in to help out.

Told from the alternating points of view of Meg and Jo. They live completely different lives, but both women want to be there for their family. A modern tale of family, life, romance, wo
Jenny (Reading Envy)
A modern day retelling of Little Women, partially (there is an upcoming novel called Beth & Amy that I'm sure will advance the story.) - I have to be honest when I say I never gave Meg one moment of thought, always seeing Jo as the central character, so Meg's story was interesting to me with her epic sense of responsibility. Jo's story was also interesting as a food blogger in NYC, with a pretty memorable love scene, but it was a little hard for me to think of the March sisters as anything but c ...more
“Meg and Jo” by Virginia Kantra is a beautiful story inspired by Little Women, a well beloved classic tale. With the holidays upon us, a lovely retelling is just what is needed.

The story is told in two Point of Views between Meg and Jo. This time, the March sisters are all grown up and pursuing their separate dreams and aspirations. Jo ends up in New York City, a struggling journalist who is now trying her best to survive living in the city by working in a restaurant and at the same time secretl
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
What a lovely story ❤ Needed something different and lighter and this was perfect
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

While loving Little Women isn't necessarily a personality trait, you can't tell me that. My love of this classic knows no bounds. The older I get, the more fond of it I grow. I am very protective of it, but I am also also intrigued by retellings of the story of the
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a really hard time reading this for the sheer fact that it's a retelling of Little Women in a modern world and it didn't vibe with me. ...more
In the 150th year since Little Women was originally published, we get a fresh, modern take on Louisa May Alcott's endearing classic about the four March sisters. I've already enjoyed this author's books for her thoughtful way of writing a romance and not being afraid to dig deep into deeper subject matter so I was curious to see what she could do with a modern retelling.

Meg and Jo is the title, but also the focus on the oldest two March sisters who alternate the narration every other chapter tho
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was looking for something a little lighter in this time of anxiety, and this was perfect.
Inspired by the classic "Little Women", a modern take on the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. This story focuses on Meg and Jo, with a future novel featuring Beth and Amy.
Meg is happily married to John with adorable two year old twins. Always reliable Meg feels she has to "do it all", rarely asking for the help of others. While she enjoys being a stay at home mom, she still occasionally yearns f
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I loved seeing how Kantra put her own spin on a Little Women inspired story, and I thought Meg and Jo were both really relatable too.
Brandy Painter

I'm giving this four stars because I love Kantra's writing style so much and for the parts of the book that resonated so deeply. Tackling a much beloved classic is never easy. You are not going to be able to please everyone who loves the original. There were some things I loved about this. Some things that were just fine. And a couple things I didn't like at all. The things I'm not crazy about though are more of a concern for the next book and didn't stop my liking this one.

What I Loved:
Jamie Beck
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess, I went in to Meg & Jo with very little need for it to "match up" with the classic novel on which it is based because--don't thrash me--I was never a Little Women superfan (read it eons ago and honestly only recall the basics). Therefore, my comments are not at all based upon a comparison of the two. That said, Virginia Kantra works her magic in this wonderfully warm story of family--more specifically of sisterly bonds and expectations, of love and duty, and of forgiveness (of others a ...more
Meg and Jo is a contemporary retelling of Little Women. In the present, Jo is still a writer, except that she is a food blogger and a chef. And Eric, her steamy boss at the restaurant who doesn't know she is behind the circulating blog. Meg is the responsible one, married with twins, who tries to take it all on herself. Beth and Amy are talented creatives in the world. But this story doesn't center on them. Turns out there is a sequel.

One question I kept asking myself, is how much the retelling
Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra is a modern reimagining of Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott. Little Women is my absolute favorite book which is why I was curious about Meg and Jo. I wanted to see how an author would modernize this treasured classic. Let me state that this was a mistake on my part. I wish I had looked up the author and noticed that she writes romance novels. This book focuses on Meg and Jo. It is told from their perspectives in alternating chapters. Jo still wishes to write, but n ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
My problems with this novel probably have less to do with the novel and more to do with me. Had I realized that Kantra was a Romancer author, I probably wouldn’t have picked this up, because I am not particularly fond of romances, and that’s definitely what this is. Fans of the Hallmark channel will love this book, with its nostalgic retelling of one of the most beloved American children’s books, Little Women. Kantra takes the March family out of 19th Century New England and plops them down in t ...more
I finished this book in one day, and I’m dying for the next one already.

I love Little Women. All of the movie versions are amazing. I have so many good memories regarding this story, and I knew I was going to have to read this book as soon as it was shown to me in the library app.

This is modern retelling. Jo is a food blogger and Meg is a stay at home mom. Their parents are still married. Their dad works as a minister with veterans and he’s gone all of the time. Their mom gets sick, and Meg is
It's probably been twenty years or more since I read Little Women, so I wasn't sure how this was going to go for me. And I liked it (in particular I was shocked how much I liked Jo's romance because I actively don't like it in the original), but the stuff between the March parents was a choice I didn't love? By all means, I think authors need to make bold choices when adapting works, but taking what I think I remember as a solid, supportive marriage and turning it into the fraught mess that this ...more
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Holy CRAP I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I was extremely skeptical because I usually don’t like Little Women retellings bc the characters mean too much to me. But this modern retelling was handled SO well. It was so fun (and sometimes uncomfortable) to see the March sisters in more adult situations. I read this in one sitting, and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
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New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of thirty books of women's fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.

Meg and Jo , a contemporary novel inspired by the classic story Little Women, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and was a People Magazine pick.

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